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Flashing Traffic Signals on US 281 at Overlook Parkway

SAN ANTONIO * The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has begun flashing the new traffic signals on US 281 at Overlook Parkway to notify motorists in preparation for full activation in one week.  The traffic signals will be fully operational beginning Wednesday, March 28, 2007.  The flashing period is very important for safety reasons so that motorists traveling on US 281 can get used to seeing these signals everyday and so they can be better prepared to stop when the signals are activated. 

The $457,000 project that began November 1, 2006 was one of three locations for the placement of new traffic signals. The other locations included US 281 at Marshall Road and FM 306 (in Comal County).


Bill to abolish Transportation Commission heard today. Keep the calls coming....
Action item: Call your reps to sign on to HB 154

If you're tired of TxDOT doing what it wants in spite of the massive public outcry, then let's get behind this bill! The House Transportation Committee has heard these two outstanding bills and we want them to pass out of committee. If ordinary people get involved, these can become law!

Here are the bills:
HB 154 - (author Pickett) - Relating to the abolition of the Texas Transportation Commission and the creation of a commissioner of transportation as an elected statutory state officer. Hooray, this one is KEY to making TxDOT accountable to WE THE PEOPLE!

Cafe Paladar to celebrate 1 year Anniversary in Stone Oak!

In honor of our one year Anniversary, I will be preparing a 7-Course Exploration of Latin Culture, each course will celebrate a different Latin cuisine, and be paired with a traditional cocktail or wine for just $85 per person.  This special event takes place on April 18, so make you reservations today!
This menu is some of my best work and I hope to see you there to help Mary Esther and me celebrate this mile stone. Reservations have already started coming in, and are extremely limited, so make yours as soon as possible!
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Benefit concert for orphans in Africa

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 
8500 Cross Mountain Trail
San Antonio, TX  78255
210 698-1941

Contact:  Catherine Nix (210) 695-8020; jandcnix@juno.com

                            BENEFIT CONCERT FOR FR. TOM’S KIDS
 San Antonio, Texas, March 1, 2007 - - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (SEAS) will be hosting UTSA music faculty members in a Benefit Concert for Fr. Tom’s Kids, a boarding school for poor and orphaned children in Kisumu, Kenya.  The concert will take place in the sanctuary of SEAS church on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
 Performing a variety of classical music and spirituals will be sopranos Catherine Nix and Melody Rich, tenor John Nix, pianist Kassandra Keeling, and the UTSA Women’s Choir directed by Gary Mabry.
 This performance is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted for Fr. Tom’s Kids.  Directions and more information can be found at www.seaschurch.com or by calling (210) 698-1941.
                                      ABOUT FR. TOM’S KIDS
Fr. Tom’s Kids (www.frtomskids.org) is a non-profit program of the Dominican Friars of East Africa.  The “Fr. Tom’s Kids” project pairs sponsors with orphans and needy students.  Sponsored students are provided one year of school fees, boarding, school supplies, basic medical care, uniforms and books.  In addition to education, this program is also committed to the character formation of their students.  Most of Fr. Tom’s Kids are orphans whose families are victims of HIV/AIDS.   This organization stresses that education is the foundation for creating a more just society. 

The Prom After Party

Why Plan an After Prom Party by: Lori Heatherington From the time I enrolled my daughter in elementary school it seemed that the world was out to ruin her innocence. Her know-it-all six year old friends with older brothers and sisters shared the world’s reality with her on a daily basis. And I, who was happy living in the land of talking stuffed animals, was in no hurry to debate the concept of Santa Claus. Unfortunately, that age of innocence doesn’t last long enough. Whether we like it or not, reality plops itself on the sofa in our living room and sits there while our children struggle through adolescence.

San Antonio Chamber Choir Concert



Media and Community Contact:
Jane Williams
210 213 3114

Choral Voices Reveal Conflict, Resolution
 Music of War & Peace on  March 31 and April 1

(SAN ANTONIO, February 21, 2007)  This spring, in Music of War & Peace, the voices of the San Antonio Chamber Choir will present masterpieces of choral music inspired by conflict and the frailty of the human condition. War & Peace is the choir’s final program of the 2006-2007 Season and will feature the beauty of 30 professional voices singing about war and the desire for peace.

Senator Wentworth says "Watch these bills, they may become law! "


Senator Wentworth column                                        Contact: Margaret Patterson

For immediate release/March 16, 2007                                      (210) 826-7800


Watch these bills, they may become law!

A Celebration of Love and Children


For more information, please contact:
Donna Hinkelman
(210) 403-2565
(210) 313-0827 (cell)


Annual Dinner To Raise Money for Children with Developmental Disabilities; Funds Will Support the General Client Support Services of Respite Care of San Antonio, The Davidson Respite House Emergency Shelter, and Respite’s New Foster Placement Services

Cafe Paladar brings culture to Stone Oak


Café Paladar was transformed Monday night from a chic restaurant in Stone Oak into a beautiful art gallery.  The ambiance of Café Paladar was the perfect venue for local San Antonio artist to showcase their collections.

Most of the art was contemporary in design and offered a variety of colors, hues, and textures.  Abstracts, animal paintings, and self-portraits, dressed the walls and tables, each artist illustrating their own unique style.  Several of the artists attended the event and shared perspectives of their creations. 

In addition to the visual displays, Chef West created palate pleasing tapas such as Mini Duck Confit Crispy Tacos, House Smoked Salmon Nachos, Honey Rum Black Bean Empanadas, for the guests to enjoy.  Accompanied by sangrias and wine, a good time was had by all!

Trucks restricted on I-35

Press Release from TxDOT
Please see attached!

State approves more Interstate 35 truck lane restrictions

  AUSTIN * The Texas Transportation Commission approved a left-lane restriction for large trucks on portions of Interstate 35 in Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal and Hays Counties.
     These restrictions would prohibit truck tractors with three or more axles from operating in the inside left lane from just south of Loop 1604 in the city of Live Oak northward to the southern city limits of San Marcos.
     TxDOT worked closely with local jurisdictions along the route to develop the lane restriction and conducted a traffic study, which concluded it would be beneficial to both safety and general mobility to implement such a restriction.